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Equilibrium

by Kerani

Breathtaking themes, intricately orchestrated with a keen eye for detail. Performed on piano, synthesizers and a range of orchestral instruments. Each song on this album is a delicate painting in the Neo-Classical New Age genre.
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1. Equilibrium
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2. Fragrant Mountain
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3. Anchoress
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4. Bouddica, Heart On Fire
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5. Hypatia's Universe
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6. O, Aeterne Deus
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7. Lady's Grace
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8. Avane
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9. The Wyse Wytch
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In ancient times, the Sacred Feminine Energy was ever present. There are many historical references that prove the importance of women. They were respected and revered for their ability to give life and for their wisdom and knowledge.
It was the time of goddesses, priestesses and queens. There was an equilibrium between male and female that was in perfect harmony with Creation.

Masculinity and femininity are as important as each other, but somehow, in the throes of history, this beautiful balance was gradually tipped in favour of the male energy, which has been prevailing ever since. Women were discouraged from seeking prominent positions in society, and although a few were able to acquire important leadership roles, especially in the Middle Ages, most women held the position of wife, mother, peasant, artisan or nun. Roles that kept them housebound and away from the male dominated world that lay beyond the confines of the home.

Unfortunately, today, women are still very far from being where they belong in terms of equality. I hope and pray that the next generation of daughters and granddaughters will succeed at regaining their position.

The music on this album honours the Highest Feminine Energy; the energy that increases the flow of Love in the universe with unconditional oneness and understanding and with an empathy that vibrates through the hearts of all.

With this album, I wish to bring homage, not only to the great women in history, but also to all those women who took it upon themselves to go against the tide. I pay tribute to those who showed intellect and vision, defended their cause, followed their calling irrevocably and were persecuted or killed for their exceptional knowledge. May their spirit shine brightly forever!

EQUILIBRIUM contains breathtaking themes, intricately orchestrated with a keen eye for detail. Performed on piano, synthesizers and a range of orchestral instruments. Kerani’s musical storytelling is refined and compelling in such way that each song on this album becomes a delicately painted canvas. Kerani's music is an exquisite blend between classical and contemporary music… a treasure in the Neo-Classical New Age genre. Nominated for the ZMR Music Award for Best Neo-Classical Album of 2015.

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Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio

One of those albums you just can’t stop playing
A Kerani album is always a pleasure to encounter, she always puts so much of herself into each release, and you just know that the end result is going to be wonderful. That hallowed turf of brilliance has once more been reached with her latest release entitled, Equilibrium.
Kerani’s emphasis here is to celebrate the feminine, to honour the energy of womanhood, she has done a fine job, but I would actually like to quote Kerani here, before we start our journey with her, she says of the opening track, “Equilibrium is my dream of a world where the male and female energies are in balance and harmony, where men and women accept and respect each other as they are and treat each other as equals”
I am happy to be able to tell Kerani, in that quote she has accurately described us all here at One World Music Radio, so even if it is just in this little corner of the world, here at least, we are all one. The composition is one wonderful opening piece that continues to build in proud Kerani style, with her trade mark crescendos gifting us a perfectly balanced beginning to the release.
As we move to track two, we encounter one of the most beautiful tracks I have heard for years called, Fragrant Mountain, it has perfectly encapsulated the energies of the wonderful bodhisattva, Quan Yin. In the arrangement Kerani has successfully touched the hem of both Deuter and Al Conti in style, to bring us one of the most beautiful pieces of all time. I have personally worked with the energies of Quan Yin in many meditations and will do so again with this piece of music, it is sublime.
Like a river that never stops flowing, we drift upon a calm stream of bliss and into the arms of track three called Anchoress. The slow and very gentle keyboards bring us an almost ambient world to drift upon, but the tone here is more of a deep well of emotions, the sullen nature of the composition is almost classical and reminds me in parts of a Ravel’s, Pavane for a Dead Princess.
The next track I have a personal interest in, I have just obtained information that tracks my heredity back to the indigenous peoples of Great Britain and the Celts as far as 50BC, so with that new sense of a rekindled relationship with the past, I am pleased to say that the track Boudicca, Heart on Fire is outstanding, it has power and grace, but also a massive amount of intensity that continues to build throughout the track and one can visualize with ease the great warrior queen going into war with the Romans, with this music as her personal soundtrack.
As we slip into the second half of the album, we come across a real gem called Hypatia’s Universe. The gentle progression in this track has to be admired and even has a little hint of Vangelis in there as well. It seems somewhat fitting to be sitting here writing this in Cyprus, where flags from the Greek homeland can be seen flying, for this track is a tribute to the intellectual prowess of Hypatia, the Greek mathematician. The vast soundscape created here by Kerani and the growling guitar on this piece brings us something special and shows the artists ability to adapt and progress Quite a clever track, both well composed and performed.
Let us drift back in time now dear constant reader, to long ago, in fact Germany, 1098-­‐1179 and we can hear the musical tribute paid to one Hildegarde von Bingen, it is called, O Aeterne Deus. I must admit to not being religious, but I adored the chanting and found this track so appealing I have now played it three times. There is a real sense of spirituality in the weave of the composition and listen to the ending of the track, its climatic and powerful finish is something to be admired.
Lady’s Grace is up next as we move forward in time to the 17th and 18th Century. When listening to this piece it is hard not to float back to the age of the Baroque period of stylistic designations and elaborate etiquette. One can with ease visualise ladies gowns drifting over the dance floor, the abundance of colour within this track is amazing and the melody is almost timeless, this is one arrangement dear listener that I guarantee you will keep coming back to.
The penultimate piece of this new release is called Avane, this one has a real sense of deep mystery about it; the subtle and gentle tones open up the arrangement with a delicate hand. One can feel a certain newness here, something very fragile, but wonderful is on the horizon perhaps, but the music holds that gift in check with its calming almost childlike sense of being nurtured. It wasn’t until I went to read the liner notes that I then discovered that this is a song written for a baby yet to be born, so it seems Kerani has done an absolutely fine job on the arrangement here.
We leave the album dear constant reader with a real classic new age style piece; it’s called The Wyse Wytch. I have listened to this track several times now and the arrangement reminds in style of the good old days of the genre of the Phil Thornton’s, Medwyn Goodall’s, Phil Chapman and Gandalf, with a little Tim Wheater thrown in for good measure with the flute, which was in reality played by the talented Jens Mertens. A tribute however, to the vile murders of many women in the Middle Ages, accused falsely of being witches. Also check out Kerani’s spellbinding audio and see if you can guess what she is saying, you may just be surprised.
Equilibrium is one of those albums you just can’t stop playing, each time you do, you hear more to capture your musical imagination. Kerani as a composer and musician has the rare but wonderful talent of being able to create magical music that has so much power, but crafted in such a way, it has a soft but purposeful energy about it. As a woman, I truly believe without doubt, that one day she will be recognised as one of the best female artists of her genre.
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Helena Dee

EXQUISITE KERANI CD, EQUILIBRIUM, HAS CLASSIC NEW AGE ELEMENTS
Kerani is simply one of the best new age musicians we have. Her music has all the best elements -- slow stately piano, exquisite synthesizer accompaniment, some real classical musicians and a tiny bit of vocalizing for color. Her new album, EQUILIBRIUM, is fairly slow and mellow and relaxing, but there is a lot of interesting action in the arrangements that makes repeated listenings a pleasure.

In addition, this is a concept album based on the feminine mystique and the music was inspired by “female traits and talents” and by important women in history over the past two-thousand years from a Celtic queen to a Greek mathematician-philosopher.

This is instantly classic new age music that will take its place alongside the best of the best.
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
“Equilibrium,” the impressive new album by Kerani is the follow up to her chart-topping previous release “Arctic Sunrise” which won the Best Neo-Classical Album in the 2014 ZMR Awards. “Equilibrium” is also a concept album that honors the women of the world, feminine energy, important women in history, and female traits and talents.

In her work as a recording artist and film composer in Holland, Kerani uses piano, vocal, and synthesizer sounds, particularly those of an orchestral nature to craft her lush elegant compositions. Here on this album, she is joined by a number of distinguished European musicians on violin, viola, trumpet, flutes, vocals guitars, and dobro, The early influence of classical composers such as Mozart, Liszt, and Shumann is evident, as are hints of electronic musicians like Vangelis and Jean-Michael Jarre that she gravitated to later in her career. Kerani’s use of electronic keyboards to create orchestration is breathtaking – in fact, some of the best I’ve heard.

On the title track, the piano melody is simple while the symphonic cocoon it emerges from is deep and multi-layered. Neo-classical elements abound in the song’s lavish string arrangement that at times reminded me of Yanni. A track called “Fragrant Mountain is graced by the sounds of Oriental instruments like shakuhachi flute and koto harp. Not surprisingly, much of Kerani’s music has a distinctively cinematic quality and this piece is no exception. Other elements in Kerani’s music that I enjoyed were the use of synthesizer textures that were atmospheric rather than orchestral as well as the ethereal female vocals that added another dimension to her compositions.

I am profoundly impressed with Kerani’s musicality and creativity. Her skills as a composer, arranger, and instrumentalist are stellar. Kerani is also a first-rate storyteller, who brings each of these historical figures to life in a way that resonates deeply with listeners and gives a sense of these lives that have been obscured by the mists of time. I must acknowledge the excellent contributions of Arno Op den Camp who was responsible for sound design, mixing, and mastering, as well as graphic design and layout of the album’s artwork. As a follow up to her previous award-winning album, Kerani has exceeded all expectations, and has set the bar quite high for her next release. But I have no doubt that Kerani will continue to dazzle listeners with her audio artistry as she continues to evolve into one of the premier talents in the new age music genre. I am beyond impressed with her work and cannot recommend it highly enough.

To read a full length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

This is a lovely representation of new age and classical music that should not b
Kerani was influenced and inspired by some of my favorite artists such as Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Kraftwerk, Electric Light Orchestra and Mike Oldfield. It came as no surprise that I immediately identified with her music.

Equilibrium is dedicated to women and their role in this world and how the artist wants to see a fundamental change, a balance shift or equilibrium transfer to equality between men and women. Turning back the clock to the way things were when the human race began is going to be quite a task but there is hope. Perhaps if we all get on the same frequency with the help of music like Kerani creates we once again can unite so all human beings walk on equal ground.

Kerani played piano and synthesizers on the recording, handled all the female vocal parts, and also arranged, orchestrated and produced. Artist such as this have my admiration and respect and they always have. Then when a work of art is created...something that touches your soul, then it all becomes special.

The elemental force that inspires the creation of this music is a thing of beauty and then translated and discovered within each track. The title track which was featured on our Rate The Tracks site is a fine way to open the curtain to this wondrous music. There is new age, classical and world all mixed together on this strong release.

“O, Aeterne Deus” is a medieval chant by Hildegard Von Bingen. I found this track to be quite beautiful and moving. It is most definitely a slice of heaven on earth and serves the purpose of the original intent to heal.

There is so much about this recording to enjoy. I do not think it is a prerequisite to be a fan of new age music to find something to integrate into your life with this music. I did not hear one track that I did not absolutely love. This music transforms me, it’s magical, and all of my worries and stress just evaporate like a drop of water in the hot sun.

“Ladys Grace” is significant because of the title however the music is elegant and moving and it envelops you in its movement and spirituality. All of the right instruments are utilized to make this one of the most outstanding tracks on the album.

I think the goal was reached on this project and the message Kerani is delivering will be received. This is a lovely representation of new age and classical music that should not be missed.

5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: Equilibrium, O, Aeterne Deus, Ladys Grace
Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-New Age Music Reviews Founder
July 30, 2015
Review Provided By New Age Music Reviews
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